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From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies. Dennis Baron. This article contained some interesting facts about the origins of. In “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies,” Dennis Baron attempts to explain the histories of writing technologies. Baron, Dennis. (). From pencils to pixels: The stages of literacy technologies . In Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia L. Selfe (Eds.), Passions.

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The Stages of Literacy Technologies.

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The Politics of Literacy. Writing in the New York Times, Bill Henderson reminds us that in Henry David Thoreau disparaged the information superhighway of his day, a telegraph connection from Maine to Texas. In his secont-term victory speech, President Clinton promised to have every eight-year-old reading, and to connect every twelve-year-old to the National Information Infrastructure.

Of course that, too, was not an innovation in text production. As writing technology developed over the centuries, additional ways of authenticating text came into use.

Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies”

To find pfncils more, including how to control cookies, see here: I always viewed writing as a product of writing technologies. Therefore, pixel product is only available to a small group.

My example may seem trivial, but as more and more people turn to the World Wide Web for information, and as students begin relying on it for their research papers, verifying the reliability and authenticity of that information becomes increasingly important, as does revisiting it later to check quotations or gather more information.

He describes the four main stages all new technologies go through: Stating that the development of the pencil is not all that different from that of the computer. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Overall, this was a very interesting article and I liked reading about past technologies that have influenced literacy throughout history.

Only then does the technology come into its own, no longer imitating the previous forms given us by the pencisl communications technology but creating new forms and new possibilities for communication. This article contained some interesting facts about the origins of some of the most commonly used writing technologies we use today and how they developed. Pencil-making processes were from the outset proprietary secrets as closely guarded as any Macintosh code.


The first PC screens were grayish-black with green phosphor letters, displaying considerably less than a full page of text. Newspapers rush to hook online subscribers. When pencil competition grew, shaving his profit margin, Thoreau stopped pushing pencils and sold his graphite wholesale to electrotypers because this proved more lucrative Petroski, And of course digital text can be corrupted on purpose in ways that will not be apparent to unsuspecting readers.

Also, don’t forget that journal articles are not the only authoritative, relevant sources. The New York Times will download the Sunday crossword, time me as I fill in the answers from my keyboard, even score my results.

Furthermore, rrom versions of text seldom matched what was on the computer screen, turning page design into a laborious trial-and-error session. Let thy pixel be thy direction till thy death!

I understand where he is coming from in the sense that during a meeting, typing of a laptop is less of an interruption than hand-writing a memo then violently scratching things out and ripping pieces up.

National Council of Teachers of English, Writing therefore remained exclusive, until cheap paper became available, and the printing press made mass production of written texts more affordable and less labor-intensive. Baron describes writing as a technology in and of itself. Phone companies also tried to limit telephone access solely to the subscriber, threatening hotels and other businesses with loss of phone service if dennls allowed guests or customers to make calls.

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It starts to become more familiar to users, which allows it to evolve into new uses and forms. The students won this one, too: Many people feel that the computer, while certainly useful and convenient, has taken away much of the flair of writing freehand.


Thoreau and Pencil Pkxels.

One fron is clear: In the brave new world virtual text, if ho chain an infinite number of monkeys to an infinite number of computers, you will eventually get, not Hamlet, but Frmo BASIC.

But I was afraid to say anything out loud, at least until a plausible suspect was in custody. Computer operators actually scorned the thought of using their powerful number-crunchers to process mere words. Next, how literacy has been affected by literacy technologies throughout time is discussed. Of course, as more and more people do business on the Internet, the security of transactions, of passwords, credit card numbers, and bank accounts becomes vital. Thinking about electric communication in the late nineteenth century.

Examples of how to cite sources in MLA format are easy to find. When it came along, the amber screen offered what was seen as a major improvement, reducing eye strain for many people.

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Baron then summarizes the stages literacy technology goes through: The scribe is inconsistent in spacing, size of script, and spelling, suggesting lack of familiarity with this type of document. The superiority of Borrowdale English graphite was evident to American consumers as well, and they regularly preferred imports to domestic brands.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Now that they have become more popular you can buy one for three pennies due to the development of mass production. Email required Address never made public. Charter of a Norman conqueror recording gift of the baaron of Tingewick in Buckinghamshire to the abbey of La Sainte Trinite.

One reason for this must be that writing technology remained both cumbersome and expensive: Perhaps now the same article would include information about e-mail, different word processing abilities, or maybe even texting from cell phones.

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